Steve Bannon, a longtime adviser to former US President Donald Trump, turned himself into the FBI on Monday to face the primary legal costs handed down amid a congressional probe of the lethal Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol for refusing to cooperate with the investigation.
Chatting with his supporters, Bannon appeared instantly into the digital camera that was live-streaming on the social media web site GETTR and urged them to stay targeted.
“We’re taking down the Biden regime,” Bannon mentioned, wearing three black shirts and a inexperienced coat. “I would like you guys to remain targeted. … That is all noise.”
A federal grand jury on Friday indicted Bannon on one depend of contempt of Congress for refusing to seem for a deposition and a second depend for refusing to provide paperwork. Contempt of Congress is a misdemeanor punishable by as much as one 12 months in jail and a most nice of $1,000, the Justice Division mentioned.
Bannon, 67, is predicted to make his preliminary look in federal courtroom afterward Monday.
Bannon is one in every of greater than 30 folks near the Republican former president who’ve been ordered by the U.S. Home of Representatives Choose Committee to testify about what occurred within the run-up to Jan. 6, when 1000’s of individuals stormed the Capitol constructing in an try to forestall formal congressional certification of Trump’s election loss to President Joe Biden.
Home investigators hope the motion towards Bannon will encourage different witnesses, reminiscent of former Chief of Employees Mark Meadows, to testify. Bannon has refused, citing Trump’s insistence – already rejected by one decide – that he has a proper to maintain the requested materials confidential beneath a authorized doctrine known as govt privilege.
US Consultant Adam Schiff, Democratic chair of the Home Intelligence Committee and a member of the Jan. 6 panel, mentioned he believed Bannon’s indictment on two counts of “contempt of Congress” would sway others to drop their defiance.
“It should have a really robust focusing impact on their decision-making,” Schiff informed NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.